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  • - Hey everybody, Cory from Aquarium Co-Op.

  • Today, we're visiting Dean's fish room

  • and let's go ahead and get started.

  • So, let's start, let's just start here.

  • We'll start here.

  • And so, this rack, I guess,

  • it's kind of cramped in this room, if you guys can't tell.

  • How big is it, Dean?

  • - [Dean] It's, like 96 square feet.

  • - [Cory] 96 square feet. - [Dean] It's small.

  • - [Cory] And you're gonna see, I guess,

  • what Dean can pull off in, you know,

  • it's not quite 10 by 10, but, you know,

  • it's a jail cell, right? (laughs)

  • - [Dean] Pretty much, yeah.

  • - [Cory] Alright, so, got some discus here,

  • and you were telling me that, what,

  • they ate their eggs this morning or something like that?

  • - [Dean] Yeah, there's two pairs that,

  • these ones had fry.

  • They are getting better and better at raising.

  • They're still really young, so, I expect, you know,

  • another six months, they'll start--

  • - [Cory] And how old are they would you say?

  • - [Dean] I would guess that those are just about a year old.

  • - [Cory] 'Cause this thing, you know, I'm assuming this is

  • the male here-- - [Dean] Yeah.

  • - [Cory] Is like bigger than my hand type of deal,

  • so young seems ...

  • Well fed, but maybe young, I guess.

  • - [Dean] Yeah, he should get another inch and a half.

  • She should get another inch.

  • They should both get another inch and a half.

  • - [Cory] And then, are these, these ones here the same--

  • - [Dean] Yeah.

  • - [Cory] Like, you got 'em at the same time?

  • - [Dean] Yeah, actually, initially,

  • I bought the two females as a pair.

  • - [Cory] Okay.

  • - [Dean] And they kept laying eggs,

  • and I said, "Well, okay, but the eggs aren't viable."

  • And then one day, I saw both of them laying eggs.

  • - [Cory] Well, that'll tell you.

  • - [Dean] So, I realized they were two females,

  • so then, I went out and shopped for two more males.

  • - [Cory] And so, did you already buy them big,

  • or you can just spot 'em when they're young

  • what you think are male?

  • - [Dean] I bought 'em about this size.

  • - [Cory] Okay.

  • And how did you determine male at that size?

  • Like, just by observing behavior, or?

  • - [Dean] Behavior, the look.

  • You can obviously tell this is the male.

  • He has the great big bulk.

  • And also, if you get a good look at the breeding tube,

  • but you have to get really close.

  • - [Cory] Right, right, right.

  • - [Dean] The males are always slanted and pointed forward.

  • - [Cory] And pointing forward?

  • - [Dean] Or, one way.

  • Pointing one way.

  • Yeah, they should be pointed forward.

  • Slanted and pointing forward, the females are blunt.

  • I actually saw that male spawning with another female,

  • so I took him.

  • - [Cory] Hmm, and was the female just not very good?

  • 'Cause I would have been--

  • - [Dean] I already had the female.

  • - [Cory] I would have been tempted to be like,

  • "I'll take the female, too,"

  • 'Cause it's, they were compatible,

  • in my opinion, or whatever.

  • - [Dean] No, I already had the female.

  • I didn't have, I can't dedicate anymore tank space to that.

  • - [Cory] Sure, and so, these down here.

  • What about these discus?

  • - [Dean] Those? - [Cory] What are these?

  • - [Dean] Well, my daughter kind of wanted me

  • to breed some discus,

  • so one of the things that I've learned is

  • you can't miss any feedings with a lot of fry.

  • So, this is a spawn that I had pulled and raised

  • and then ended up going away for the weekend

  • and came back and there was four left alive.

  • - [Cory] I see.

  • - [Dean] So, those are the four that made it.

  • The rest--

  • - [Cory] And they get their own 20 gallon

  • while they raise up, huh?

  • - [Dean] Yeah.

  • - [Cory] How old are those right there, roughly?

  • - [Dean] Those are about

  • two and a half, three months old.

  • - [Cory] Okay.

  • - [Dean] And they don't have the tank by themselves.

  • There's mega clown plecos in there.

  • - [Cory] Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

  • - [Dean] They just happen to be about the same temperature.

  • - [Cory] I'm gonna have to get in closer to get those

  • mega clown plecos.

  • Any activity out of those yet?

  • - [Dean] I don't think they're big enough yet.

  • - [Cory] True, yeah, now that I think about it.

  • Yeah, they're like four inches or so, yeah.

  • And then, down here.

  • What's going on down here?

  • - [Dean] That's a school of aspidoras.

  • Can't remember the--

  • - [Cory] I remember they call them the six ray

  • is the common name, I think.

  • The six ray.

  • But, I don't, I don't remember the--

  • - [Dean] I started initially with three of these;

  • two males and a female.

  • These are all my own offspring.

  • - [Cory] Nice.

  • - [Dean] They will spawn more in the fall for me

  • than this time of year.

  • - [Cory] And you find, like, when the pressure drops

  • and things that actually do that, or--

  • - [Dean] Yes.

  • - [Cory] Okay.

  • - [Dean] I can induce them, if I know a big storm's coming,

  • I do a couple water changes the few days before.

  • They will spawn, but not very many viable eggs.

  • - [Cory] Nice.

  • - [Dean] And you'll see these scattered

  • through a lot of my tanks,

  • 'cause I have had many babies that I--

  • - [Cory] Looks like we have the Finnex light,

  • the Stingray, is that what we're--

  • - [Dean] Yeah, almost every tank in here's

  • lit by the Stingray.

  • Some of 'em, it's right down on the tank.

  • Most of them, it's up above

  • so it's out of my way all the time.

  • - [Cory] Right?

  • Everything's so uniform.

  • That's what I'm jealous of, you know?

  • Even stuff's labeled.

  • I mean, who labels stuff?

  • Geez.

  • - [Dean] That's just so I remember.

  • (laughter)

  • - [Cory] Fair enough.

  • I guess on this rack, we can go,

  • if we can go up tall now.

  • So, up tall, let's go to this top right tank.

  • So, obviously, rainbow fish

  • and they're the Wapoga red lasers.

  • And, where, oh, yeah.

  • I was gonna ask you where you got 'em.

  • I think you got 'em from me, right?

  • - [Dean] I got those from you, yeah.

  • And there are eggs in the mop right now.

  • I don't know if you can zoom in close enough to get 'em.

  • - [Cory] Ooh, that'll be tough.

  • I don't know.

  • - [Dean] Probably not.

  • - [Cory] That's something I'll have to look at the computer

  • and see if it actually came out or not.

  • - [Dean] What I normally do is I will leave that mop in

  • until I see babies swimming on the surface

  • and then I'll take the mop out and hatch.

  • - [Cory] Do you rescue the babies also?

  • - [Dean] I try to, I try to.

  • 'Cause the parents, they will eat them.

  • - [Cory] Well, yeah, that's what I was--

  • - [Dean] And if you catch them on the first day,

  • there's only a couple babies

  • and then they'll usually hatch out

  • for about eight to 10 days straight.

  • - [Cory] Okay.

  • It looks like here that,

  • are all of these tanks running canister filters?

  • Is that what's going on, in addition, or ...

  • - [Dean] This rack that you're looking at

  • I want to all run canisters, also.

  • Eventually, I will switch them all to,

  • I have enough Eheims now.

  • I got a couple used at the swap meet.

  • So, I'm going to switch them all to Eheims eventually.

  • And that's just, it's more so for water flow

  • than filtration.

  • I think the sponge filtration is fine,

  • but I wanted more water flow.

  • - [Cory] And then, I think this is cool.

  • What temperature are you running your discus

  • and then, I want you to talk about these heaters.

  • - [Dean] The discus are 84 degrees.

  • This one's 84.

  • This is about 78, the catfish.

  • I believe these are in the 82 range, the rainbows.

  • - [Cory] And, do you turn, are you,

  • so, are you using the heater to make them 82

  • or is it because they're so high in the room,

  • they're naturally--

  • - [Dean] No, all the tanks are 82,

  • 'cause we're in my basement

  • and it tends to stay about 65 degrees year round in here.

  • - [Cory] Okay, so the heaters are doing that for them?

  • - [Dean] Yeah. - [Cory] Yeah, okay.

  • - [Dean] Yeah.

  • If I don't heat them,

  • actually, the unheated tank in here will run about

  • 68, 70 degrees all the time.

  • - [Cory] And then, next door, it looks like you've got

  • the praecox rainbows, so, the sister species.

  • - [Dean] Yep, those are always one of my favorite ones.

  • Easy to sell, easy to breed.

  • Same thing goes, when I see fry on the top,

  • I'll pull the mop, start hatching them.

  • - [Cory] So, I think it's, you know,

  • we've kinda shown this first little rack.

  • There's not an inch of wasted space, by the way.

  • You guys know I'm not the skinniest man.

  • I can barely walk through this door.

  • But, every inch of space is utilized.

  • So, we've seen, you know, I guess all of these tanks,

  • for the most part, besides that discus tank,

  • are kind of breeding tanks.

  • And then, we'll show you, you know, in my opinion,

  • some of the impressive part,

  • the fry tanks.

  • There's fry everywhere in here.

  • And, so like, here, these are, which ones?

  • Theses are the praecox,

  • so that's ones we were just talking about.

  • And is this, like, how many mops make this?

  • - [Dean] That's one.

  • - [Cory] One mop made that?

  • - [Dean] Yeah.

  • - [Cory] Wow.

  • - [Dean] But, you can see that they hatch

  • over a period of about 10 days,

  • and I would guess at a fish farm,

  • these would be sized and put together by size.

  • - [Cory] Sure, so that way they don't outcompete

  • and things like that.

  • - [Dean] But, I don't have room to do that,

  • so these will outcompete a little bit,

  • but, eventually, as I net 'em to sell them or whatever,

  • net the bigger ones, the other ones will catch up.

  • - [Cory] And how many do you think are in there?

  • 'Cause that seems like way more than one spawn.

  • Like, I would have guessed, like, 60.

  • But, that seems like way more than what's in there.

  • - [Dean] Yeah, I would say there's probably

  • near 100 in there, maybe.

  • - [Cory] And it looks like you're running

  • the Matten sponge filters in the back?

  • - [Dean] All the tanks on this level are Matten,

  • and I really like them.

  • The only disadvantage is

  • they create such a current right here,

  • because it's spraying forward all the time.

  • So, if the fish get up here, you can just see 'em,

  • they get blown all over the place.

  • Or like the little guys, you can really see them.

  • These are baby angels.

  • This is two spawns.

  • - [Cory] Okay.